One Wittgenstein?

Steven Gerrard

in From Frege to Wittgenstein

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195133264
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833580 | DOI:
One Wittgenstein?

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In this paper I argue, contrary to the traditional interpretation, that dividing Wittgenstein's career into “The Early Wittgenstein” and “The Later Wittgenstein” is a serious distortion. The main task of the paper is to outline a reading of the Tractatus that will give us one Wittgenstein. Building on the work of James Conant, Cora Diamond, Juliet Floyd, Warren Goldfarb, John McDowell, and Hilary Putnam, I will argue that throughout his career, Wittgenstein argued against metaphysical realism. I offer a reading of the Tractatus which is a retelling of the history of early analytic ontology.

Keywords: Conant; Diamond; early analytic philosophy; Floyd; Goldfarb; McDowell; metaphysics; Putnam; realism; Tractatus; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  10887 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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